Councillors visit new community food hubs

Published Friday, 09 July 2021

Councillors visited one of the new social supermarkets in Spon End recently.

Spon end food hub

The Rose Food Hub is open at the Rose Community Centre on Thursday’s from 10am to 12noon. The councillors met the centre manager Dave Roberts to have a look at the great work taking place helping the local community.

Cllr Seamus Walsh, a local Ward Councillor for Spon End added: “This is great to see and a really vital service during what has been a difficult time for the community. People in the neighbourhood have been making use of the social supermarket. It’s a real lifeline for lots of people.”

Members pay £4 a week for approximately £20 worth of food. As part of their membership, people pledge their time to support future events and activities at the centre.

Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said,” Since the start of the pandemic the demand for food has increased as families in the most deprived areas of Coventry have struggled to feed themselves and their families. People who are self-employed or furloughed have also had to ask for help, many for the first time, so these social supermarkets across the city have been vital to the local communities. It’s great to see first-hand the difference these food hubs make to the local communities”

One of the new hub members met the councillors during their visit and said “I really struggled with my mental and physical health.  This project is really helping me, and it has given me hope that we are rebuilding our community again. “

The Community Resilience Team at Coventry City Council has supported the organisation by securing funding of over £15,000, finding equipment and linking them to local businesses, like Arthur Brett Ltd, who donate fresh fruit and vegetable to this project each month.

The Rose food hub is just one of 13 Social supermarkets that the Community Resilience Team have supported across the city, all offering the same model and supporting people in their communities with food and a friendly smile.

In the last year from April 2021 to April 2021 almost 26,000 parcels have been distributed.

Anybody needing help with food can find out more.  

Picture: Left to right: Councillor Gavin Lloyd; Councillor David Welsh; a food hub volunteer; Sharon Thomas, Community Resilience Team, Coventry City Council; Dave Roberts, Rose Food Hub manager.

Coventry City Council